Commissioned by Whig Party supporters of presidential hopeful Henry Clay, this Gothic Revival bedstead was intended to grace what is now called the Lincoln Bedroom of the White House. Clay narrowly lost the 1844 election, largely due to his failure to endorse the annexation of the Republic of Texas, and the bedroom suite was bought by Louisiana cotton magnate Daniel Turnbull for Rosedown Plantation, where the bed remained for some 150 years before entering the DMA's collection. Bed, c. 1844, Crawford Riddell (American, active 1837 - 1849), Brazilian rosewood, tulip poplar, and yellow pine


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